Application for Ordination or
Bishop Leonard Walker
3045 Louise Av.
Kingman, Az. 86401
The Office of Vocations exists to promote, encourage, and help in the discernment process of individuals who sense a call to Diocesan Priesthood, Consecrated Religious Life, and the Permanent Diaconate. We are considered the official contact for those who feel called to a ministry of 'Service' in the Church. Our goal is to help guide individuals in their unique journey to hear the "Call" of God. We support discerning candidates by providing the atmosphere and resources by which they can discern God's "plan" for their lives. When a discerning candidate responds willingly, with full freedom and knowledge in God's "plan", he/she ultimately finds the 'Joy', 'Peace', and 'Happiness' that God has had in store for him/her since the foundation of the World.
God is calling you in a special way to come and follow. Your response to God, your joyful embrace of God's providential plan for you, is the very meaning of life. God invites us to co-create our lives and bring them to their full realization in our life's vocation, our joyful response to Christ's invitation to live in complete freedom.
Recognizing the Call... As in the past, God is calling people today. Throughout history, many have been called. They have lived exemplary lives and have extended the mission of Jesus Christ around the world. There are many heroic stories in every age. Yet, today it is harder then in the past to discover God's call. There are so many valuable ways that you can choose to live your life. There are so many distractions that make it hard to hear God's voice. Discerning a vocation is a challenge, no doubt about it. It can be especially tough today because others, even parents and friends, may not be encouraging or supportive. In the world of the Third Millennium, many are hungry to find greater meaning in life, eager to discover some purpose for their life. But God is calling.
A vocation is God's unique invitation, addressed to individual persons in which a free response is expected. This response is not a single act, but a life-long process, a journey of faith. We do not "have" a vocation; we discover how we "are" our vocation as we journey through life led by the Spirit.
An individual discovers their vocation at various stages of life and in relationship with others.
Each baptized person is called to be a disciple which is accompanied by a responsibility to share in the church's mission." when a person is loved and appreciated by others
when the person is attracted by the example of others
when the person becomes aware of the needs of others
when the person prays and meditates on the word of God
There is very often uncertainty in the discernment process. At any one point in time we only see partial glimpses, not the whole picture, therefore uncertainty exists. Suggestion: trust what is deepest in your heart.
The decision making process is a complicated matter. There are many "layers" of decisions that must be looked at. At the same time there are clues, "signs" that are present to us. Suggestion: follow the leads that are present
Discernment when discerning a vocation there is always a confusion of options. Many things interest us. Suggestion: root out any interests that are "bad" or not of God, then with the remaining good choices, seek out your dominant interest and pursue it.
In discernment your decision will always meet a certain amount of inner resistance. Resistance is a good sign. There is always risk when a person makes significant decisions in his life. A person must have sufficient love in his heart to take a significant risk. Suggestion: reflect on what is the source of love in your heart, where it is leading you, and how deeply it is present.
When discerning your vocation, the road ahead will always remain a bit foggy. You probably will not know with absolute certainty what lies ahead. The future will always remain a bit hidden. Mystery and the unknown are part of everyone's future. Suggestion: take one step at a time. don't try to "figure out" in exact detail your entire future.
CANDIDATES FOR PRIESTLY or DIACONAL FORMATION
Contact with Office of Vocations
Those who are interested in the diaconal or priestly formation program for the TNCCNA should contact the Office of Vocations. If a candidate has manifested that interest to his/her pastor or other Church personnel, it would be helpful for that person to make contact with the Office of Vocations as well.
You can get started immediately by filling out the application forms
Step One: Fill out the Application.
Step Two: Answer the Reflection Questions in as much detail as possible.
Explain (in detail) how you feel that God is calling you.
If you are accepted into the vocation program, what ministry do you feel called to and why?
Step Three: Gather your documents:
Baptismal Certificate (Most Important)
Proof of receipt of other sacraments.
When you have completed all steps,
Please mail in your application and application fee to the Presiding Bishop.
We will contact you as soon as we have received all the application documents.
$50 Applicant Fee (USA dollars) Made out to The National Catholic Church of North America. (TNCCNA.) and sent to the Presiding Bishop’s office (listed below).
BISHOP LEONARD WALKER
3045 LOUISE AVENUE
KINGMAN, AZ 86401